Steve Jacobs Bio

Last updated: August 25, 2013




President, IDEAL Group, Inc. and,

CEO, Apps4Android, Inc.


Phone: (614) 777-0660

Fax: (614) 522-1031

TTY: (800) 750-0750

Skype: stevenijacobs


Steve Jacobs has been in the computer industry since the mid '70s. Steve is President of IDEAL Group, Inc. and CEO of Apps4Android, Inc., one of six IDEAL Group companies. IDEAL Group is a 2002 spin-off from IDEAL at NCR Corporation where Steve served as President until his retirement at the end of 2002.

IDEAL Group and its subsidiary companies are all Not Just For Profit (NJFP) corporations. NJFP is a concept that embraces an expanded set of values for defining and evaluating a company's performance. One of our key values is our level of success in driving significant cost-effective benefits for customers (our average development cost per installation of our mobile applications is $0.09) while operating in a self-sustainable manner. IDEAL Group's mission is "to enhance the independence, quality-of-life, quality-of-education and employability of individuals with disabilities through the development of fully-accessible, high-quality, cost-effective, products and services."

IDEAL Group serves as the parent company of six information and communications technology companies. They are: 

  1. Online Conferencing Systems Group, Inc.
    Established in January, 2003, Online Conferencing Systems Group offers fully-accessible, 508-compliant, online conferencing and distance-learning services, systems and support. Every month thousands of people from every corner of the world use IDEAL Conference to meet, participate in, and deliver accessible webinars.

  2. InftyReader Group, Inc.
    Established in March, 2007, InftyReader Group offers a sophisticated optical character recognition application that is used by thousands of universities around the world to recognize, convert, and enable the editing of math documents into accessible formats in support of students with print disabilities. Converted formats include LaTeX, MathML, Human Readable TeX, and Word XML. You Tube Videos of InftyReader in Action!!

  3. EasyCC, Inc.
    Established in June, 2008, EasyCC is a telecom company that provides real-time text-streaming products, services, and infrastructures. EasyCC's cost-effective offerings are accessible on any platform, including mobile devices. EasyCC’s infrastructure provides the ability to generate captions using advanced speech recognition technology... while enabling the correction of misinterpreted and misspelled words in real-time. EasyCC Caption Correction System Explained

  4. Onymous Heroes, Inc.
    Acquired in July, 2010, Onymous Heroes develops Android utilities, browsers, application installers, image animation applications and much more. Onymous has over 1.5 million installations in 150 countries.

  5. Easy Access, Inc.
    Established in October, 2011, Easy Access is a joint venture company of Apps4Android and Accessible Systems of India. Easy Access provides accessible document conversion utilities, reading applications, and services that address the access needs of individuals with print disabilities.

  6. Apps4Android, Inc.
    Established in January, 2009, Apps4Android is the world’s largest developer of Android accessibility applications with more than 10 million installations in 150 countries. Apps4android apps are being used on 3,767 different model devices made by 57 manufacturers distributed by 545 wireless service providers in 150 countries and U.S. territories. Here's a listing of 808,000 installations of apps designed exclusively for wireless service providers around the world.

Previous to NCR’s spin-off from AT&T, Steve served as Chairman of AT&T Bell Lab’s Project Freedom. In 1992-1993 Steve’s group pioneered the use of interactive video technology for sign-language communications over telephone lines (dual ISDNs). This technology, now in the mainstream, is referred to as Video Relay Services (VRS). More:

Appointments, Congressional Testimonies, Recognitions:


Sampling of Historical Projects:

Education and Family:

Steve is a 1973 graduate of Ohio State University. Steve and wife, Pauline, have been married for 39 years. Pauline and Steve have two daughters, Shana and Jessica, and a granddaughter Brooke... who is Steve’s boss.